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Outdoor deck in Murrysville will accommodate wheelchairs

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By Amanda Dolasinski
Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

In the fall, Townsend Park in Murrysville will feature a new deck specifically designed for people with wheelchairs.

Officials received the OK from council to advertise for bids for the project, pending approval from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The state awarded a $42,000 grant with a match from the municipality.

“More than anything else, this is an opportunity to give accessibility to everyone to be able to utilize that pond up there, whether it's young, old or disabled,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “It should be a very nice project.”

Two connected decks will replace the old one.

Although officials aren't sure how old the deck is, they believe it was installed in the 1980s.

Joe Dietrick, municipal engineer, said the deck is in “really bad” shape. Support columns are leaning and wood is curling, he said.

“It's near the end of its life,” Dietrick told council when it met on Wednesday.

The new deck will be fashioned from stainless steel connectors and treated wood. Officials expect it to last between 15 and 20 years.

Construction should begin this summer and take about a month, officials said.

In other business:

• Morrison said he has received numerous phone calls regarding requests from a land service company for permission for its workers to be on properties. Greensburg-based Cougar Land Services has been contracted to do seismic testing on 102 acres of land in Westmoreland County, including some properties in Murrysville. The company has left fliers at affected homes. Morrison said the municipality has no authority in the matter and residents should contact the company with questions.

• Council approved a request to reduce bonds being held for the completion of the dek hockey project, from $115,000 to $24,000, and for the storm water management portion of the Blue Spruce retail plan along Route 22, from $376,405 to $264,085.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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